My Morning Jacket
At Dawn


4.5
superb

Review

by Cloudy USER (1 Reviews)
February 3rd, 2010 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 'At Dawn' sounds like sunset on a beautiful summer evening with a cold beer in your hand. If that sounded like anything.

With it's shimmering mix of rock, country, folk, psychedelic, and occasionally reggae, At Dawn is one of those albums that makes you feel like it's summer even in the middle of a winter snowstorm. Filled with upbeat melodies, fantastic guitar hooks, and the wonderful vocals of frontman Jim James, this is the kind of music that you can sink into, making it seem like all the problems in the world are gone for a while.

The music itself is fantastically written from start to finish. Highlights include the blues-tinged 'Honest Man', the epic 'Strangulation!', which, after a frantic intro, features some beautifully minimalist guitar playing, before finally building up again at the end, and 'Phone Went West' with it's reggae-influenced rythym and reverb-laden guitar, and a chorus that you'll be singing along to in no time.

The album's one downfall could be that it does start to drag a bit in the middle. With a running time of almost 75 minutes it's not the shortest album in the world, and there are a few tracks which feature little more than Jim James and his guitar. Not that this is a bad thing, but the real high points of the album are the tracks where the whole band comes together and creates something special. And there's so many fantastic songs on here as to make it an essential listen.


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klap
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2010


10990 Comments


well-written, if a little short. try expanding things next time!

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juiceviaorange
May 30th 2011


286 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fucking album is ace

Snooze00
January 21st 2013


246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is great but It could use a bit of trimming. Theres a couple of songs that are quite dull and could be sacrificed. Also you really need to be in the mood for this because its very slow and sleepy.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2013


15110 Comments


this is good

TalonsOfFire
June 16th 2015


13261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This sounds like a younger, more nostalgic version of The Waterfall from 2015.

argonaut
June 16th 2015


808 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, agreed. It's a bit too long and inconsistent, in my opinion, but some awesome stuff here.

TalonsOfFire
June 16th 2015


13261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Death is the Easy Way is heartwrenching, reminds me of softer Alice in Chains material

argonaut
June 16th 2015


808 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I especially the title track, Lowdown, and Honest Man.

TalonsOfFire
June 16th 2015


13261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed, the jamming and extended outro in Honest Man is glorious. It reminds me of Lay Low or One Big Holiday.

argonaut
June 16th 2015


808 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, same here. How'd you like The Waterfall?

TalonsOfFire
June 16th 2015


13261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought it was the best since Z. They really sounded newly inspired, despite the continued absence of some of those amazing moments that appeared in their early 00s albums.

argonaut
June 16th 2015


808 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I feel about the same. A lot of great songs, but not AOTY or anything.



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